HMS Nymphe (1866)

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HMS Dryad at anchor, with sails airing
HMS Nymphe's sister-ship, HMS Dryad
Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Nymphe
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Laid down: 1865[1]
Launched: 24 November 1866
Commissioned: 1867
Fate: Sold in December 1884.
General characteristics
Type: Screw Sloop
Displacement: 1,574 tons
Length: 187 ft (57 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 17 ft (5.2 m)[2]
Installed power:
  • Three-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engine
  • Single screw
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 150 (170 after armament converted)
  • As built:
  • 2 × 7-inch (6½-ton) muzzle-loading rifled guns
  • 2 × 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns
  • After conversion:
  • 9 × 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns[1]

HMS Nymphe was an Amazon-class sloop, of the Royal Navy, built at the Deptford Dockyard and launched on 24 November 1866.[3] She served in the East Indies and Australia, and was sold in 1884.


Designed by Edward Reed,[1] the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction, the hull was built of oak, with teak planking and fir decks, and she was equipped with a ram bow.[1]


Propulsion was provided by a three-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engine by Maudslay, Sons & Field driving a single 15 ft (4.6 m) screw.[1]

Sail Plan[edit]

All the ships of the class were built with a barque rig.[1]


The class was designed with two 7-inch (180 mm), 6½-ton muzzle-loading rifled guns mounted on slides on centre-line pivots, and two 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns on broadside trucks. Dryad, Nymphe and Vestal were rearmed in the early 1870s with an armament of nine 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns, four each side and a centre-line pivot mount at the bow.[1]


She initially commenced service on the East Indies Station in 1867, before returning to England in 1871 for paying off. Nymphe was refitted, re-armed and placed in reserve. She started service on the Australia Station in March 1875.[3] She left the Australia Station in August 1878, returned to England and was paid off in 1879.


She was sold in December 1884 for £3745.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Winfield (2004) p.290
  2. ^ a b "Cruisers at Battleships-Cruisers website". Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Bastock, p.64.